Today, the Mariners Gun Violence Awareness Auction opens, offerings fans the opportunity to bid on signed orange t-shirts players wore during batting practice against the Texas Rangers on June 3. Proceeds from the auction will support the Washington Department of Commerce’s Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention (OFSVP). The Mariners Care Foundation will match contributions raised from the auction.
The OFSVP prioritizes investment in underserved, historically disadvantaged and vulnerable communities, building violence prevention and intervention capacity through engagement, outreach, and technical assistance. Working with policymakers, public health officials, government entities, law enforcement agencies, researchers, and community organizations, OFSVP takes a data-driven approach to reducing gun violence.
“It’s important to the Mariners that we help elevate and support organizations like OFSVP who are tirelessly working to support our community using a data-driven approach to reducing gun violence,” stated Catie Griggs, Seattle Mariners President of Business Operations.
Shirts signed by the likes of Scott Servais, J.P. Crawford, Ty France, Marco Gonzales, Julio Rodríguez, Eugenio Suárez, Jesse Winker and more will be up for auction beginning at 11:00 a.m. PST today. The virtual auction, which will be hosted on the Mariners official online auction website (Mariners.com/Auction) will end at 11:00 p.m. PST on June 24.
To learn more about OFSVP and find ways to get involved, visit https://www.commerce.wa.gov/public-safety.